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Vocational Rehabilitation-Independent Living

(VR-IL )Program



NILP has a collaborative relationship with Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the local MRC offices in our service area. Specifically, NILP has two Independent Living Specialists assigned to the Lowell and Lawrence MRC offices. The role of these IL specialists is to coordinate with MRC Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors who are working with consumers on employment goals, but also have additional independent living goals as well. Consumers must be referred to NILP by their VR Counselor to receive services from this program.


Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP)


Transition to Adulthood Program (TAP) and the VR (Vocation Rehabilitation) have recently combined to develop a new program called TAP-VR. This program is for adolescents 16-22 who are currently enrolled in school or have recently graduated. The goal of this program is to teach basic computer skills, interview/job search skills as well as on the job coaching and skill building. In addition, the adolescents in this program will be placed in a paid internship for six weeks to learn on the job training and improve their sense of self and independence. Please contact Alicia Thyne, NILP Youth Services Program Manager, at 978-687-4288 ext. 153 or Alicia Thyne for questions regarding this program. Please also visit the “Youth Services Program” in the drop-down menu under “Services/Programs” on this website for additional information.